Outside factors can greatly affect the dynamic of your young adult ministry. Amy McEntee suggests you analyze and record the effects of these factors:
These are external factors that could be harmful. Is there competition for the time and attention of your young adults? Is your parish slated to close? Realistically, the challenges of young adulthood can all be considered threats to young adult ministry as well. What cultural shifts might impact your efforts?
If you are working with a team, you may want to give them some time individually to fill out a grid and then record responses on a sheet of newsprint for each category (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats). Hang onto the results so you can use the information when you get to “Making A Plan.”
Read more about analyzing threats to your ministry in the Essentials section.